Marouane Fellaini was United’s executioner once again, as this time Everton dealt another fatal blow to the Red Devils by winning 1-0 at home in front of a superb public support from the Blue side of Liverpool. Van Persie unfortunately did not get the dream start he was may be waiting for, but he has the excuse of coming in for about three days only in the squad and moreover starting on the bench for this game, but the likes of Rooney, Nani and Co. were just well below par, with the exception of Kagawa and De Gea who starred despite losing the opening game of this season.
United never really got in this match, as Everton started on a very high tempo by winning consecutive fouls and Fellaini was proving to be a handful to the make-shift United defense with Carrick replacing Ferdinand in center back position, while Valencia occupied the right back flank. Oddly, the stats are against United most of the time Valencia spent playing on the right back position in last season, and yet again it happened (call me superstitious here if you want 😛 ). De Gea was in top form as time and again he denied Pienaar, the latter coming close on a couple of occasions to score, while he was on hand again to deny Osman then in the closing minutes of the half saved brilliantly from Baines (imagine all those going in…).
United was on the back foot in the second half yet again as Osman rattled the bar with a strong shot, but Everton eventually managed to score on the 57th minute as Fellaini rose to meet Baines’ corner, and powered the header past a stranded De Gea who could do little then to stop it, with no one covering the near post in time as well. United then sent on Van Persie followed by Anderson and Young in an attempt to at least salvage a point, but to no positive conclusion in the end, as Everton kept the Red Devils at bay and deservedly took a great win on home turf to condemn Man Utd to their first defeat already.